Fire Prevention & Life Safety

Fall means raking leaves, but be careful if you choose to burn those leaves! Wildfires are a serious threat to lives and property in the U.S. The combination of drought, warmer temperatures, high winds and an excess of dried vegetation in forests and grasslands has made fire seasons progressively worse over the past 50 years. And, in the last decade, wildfires have burned over 80 million acres of these lands.

Reduce Risk


Read the 7 ways (PDF) residents can reduce the risk that their homes and property will become fuel for a wildfire.

Outdoor Burning


If you choose to burn your leaves and yard debris, please follow these rules:
  • You must have a burn permit each and every time you want to burn
  • Burn permits expire at sundown
  • You can only burn natural, yard debris from your property
    *No household garbage, furniture, tires, plastics, glass, metals or construction materials.
Keep updated through Georgia Forestry or contact the local office at 754-6932.

Avoid Brush Fires


  • Make sure you have a garden hose ready, in case you need to put the fire out.
  • Never leave a fire burning unattended.
  • Keep your fire to a reasonable and manageable size.
  • Build your fire in a designated area, clear of hazards and debris.

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